In my previous post, you can see what the view from our hotel room was like at 9:25 in the morning - not exactly walking-friendly! But after a long and leisurely breakfast, the world looked different, and we donned our hiking boots, ready for some first exploring straight from our door.
|Church of St. Oswald|
|See the moutain in the back? That is the highest peak in the National Park - and of course we were going to climb it.|
This first walk was easy and on comfortable paths, nothing strenuous, just to get our feet used to the hiking boots again after a year of not needing them.
We walked from St. Oswald (our village) to the next one, Riedlhütte, stopped at a glass maker's place for a quick look round and had a nice chat with a very friendly lady at Riedlhütte's tourist office, where we stocked up on maps, bus time tables and found the precious little guide book that would become our permanent companion for the next 8 days.
The part of the walk I enjoyed most was through the peat bog. Peat has never played the same important role in this area as on, say, the Hebrides, because there was always plenty of wood available from the forest. But it has formed a unique landscape with plants and animals only to be found there. The entire area is protected; you are not allowed to light a fire, leave the paths, pick flowers or leave your litter about (something I'd never do anyway!).
After dinner (yes, another four-course meal of 100 % organic food and drink!) we needed a little more exercise and went for a short walk around the village before it was time to call it a day.